Animals suffer and feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. Recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is the essence of good care. We have a number of safe prescription medications that have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving actions. Geriatric dogs and cats that suffer osteoarthritis and other debilitating and degenerative diseases need not suffer. The same holds true for our large animal patients.
Pain management is now a huge item (element of, detail of) for veterinary standard of care expectations.